It’s been some time, actually, since we did a book tag. As we were recently tagged by the wonderful Orangutan Librarian with The Wanderlust Book Tag we decided to do one now 🙂 It looks very interesting, especially as one of us starts thinking about this year’s travelling plans, and the other is just finishing their holidays… 😀
First, Rules of Engagement:
- Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
- Thank the blogger who tagged you – thanks, Orangutan Librarian! This one’s fun!
- Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
- Tag 5+ friends
1. Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town
Ola: James Lovegrove’s Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon is a really nice example of the “cozy mystery” genre, full of nods in all the important directions, and yet still holding up commendably on its own.
Piotrek: Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip takes place in a sleepy village, but there are secrets and lies in a small community, and getting to the hard truth is the key to success of our protagonist.
2. Salt and sand: a book with a beach-side community
Piotrek: H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Over Innsmouth. I don’t remember if there was an actual beach, but definitely a sea-side community of sorts is the central part of the story 🙂 No the perfect seaside for you summer vacation, mind you. Re-reading Lovecraft is one of the great many things I need to do!
Ola: Zoe Gilbert’s Folk is definitely a book that stays with the reader long after the covers are shut. I was deeply impressed by the maturity and melody of her writing voice, and more than a bit appalled by the ferocious abuse visited by her on Folk’s protagonists – the violent fantasy clad in the everyday reality of a small beach-side community, hidden in gorse bushes and suspended indefinitely somewhere between the eighteenth and early twentieth century. Thanks to Bookforager for putting this one on my radar!
3. Here there be dragons: a book with a voyage on the high seas
Piotrek: Naomi Novik’s In His Majesty’s Service, where there literally are dragons 🙂 The first sea voyage there is perhaps my favourite part, when our hero gets to know the dragon. The second one, to the Orient, is where I lost my interest…
Ola: R.J. Barker’s The Bone Ships, the review of which is coming soon ;). I enjoyed the book a lot, and the voyage on the high seas forming the foundations of the plot is indeed one of special importance to the world’s almost extinct dragons…
4. Tread lightly: a book set down a murky river or a jungle
Piotrek: Just now, I’m reading Czajkowski’s Guns at Down! Ola read it so long ago, the review is in Polish 🙂
Ola: Oh well, once I have more time on my hands I might actually translate it to English – but that probably won’t happen in the next five years… 😀
Piotrek: And I will write a few words also, but after I finish. So far – so good, halfway through it’s seems to be a great stand-alone novel.
Ola: I’m tempted to put another Hobb’s series here, Rain Wild Chronicles, but instead I’ll revert to one of my favorites, the classic of classics, recounting the archetypal journey to the heart of darkness – Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
Piotrek: One of the all-time greatest.
5. Frozen wastes: a book with a frost bitten atmosphere
Ola: Robin Hobb’s Fool’s Fate, the third book in the Tawny Man Trilogy.
Wonderfully bittersweet, absolutely breathtaking both in its moments of triumph and despair. An open ending to a fascinating journey, topped by Hobb years later by The Fitz and The Fool trilogy: Fool’s Assassin, Fool’s Quest, and Assassin’s Fate, the ultimate conclusion to one of the most unique and masterful fantasy series out there 😉
Piotrek: The Left Hand of Darkness. I’ve read it first long ago, too young to get the important ideas, but I remembered the journey through snows of the planet called Winter. I even wrote a short s/f story in Primary School, loosely based on that, and got 5/6 because it was too bloody for the teachers taste…
6. The boonies: a book with ruff or isolated terrain
Ola: C. Robert Cargill’s Sea of Rust. A review will be coming, I promise, but for now let’s just say it’s Mad Max meets The Girl With All The Gifts in this post-apocalyptic, post-human tale about survival, trauma, loyalty and love.
7. Hinterlands and cowboys: a book with a western-esque setting
Ola: Ed McDonald’s The Raven’s Mark trilogy has all the marks of a solid Western, but the middle book, Ravencry, is an especially good fit here – the Misery is just such a perfect case of badlands I wouldn’t bother finding another 😉
Piotrek: Red Country, a book I’ve read quite recently, and liked a lot.
Ola: Incidentally, the protagonists in both books exude strong Clint Eastwood vibes – gritty, stone-faced, and tormented by their past, and yet still capable of interacting with the world in the most visceral, violent manner…
8. Look lively: a book set across sweeping desert sands
Piotrek: The Scarab Path by Adrian Czajkowski, in an Egypt-like desert state that you wanna see before it gets devoured by an empire of evil Wasps.
Ola: Tim Powers’ Declare: more desert than you’d ever wish for, with jinns and spies and the unbearable heat of the Cold War – and just deserts for those wanting to play with fire 😀
9. Wild and untamed: a book set in the heart of the woods
Ola: I’m going to go with Astrid Lindgren‘s Ronja The Robber’s Daughter. A fabulous coming of age tale, set deep in the woods in the wonderfully Medieval neverwhen, where nature plays the utmost role in everything, and the cycles of life and death are subtly, convincingly acknowledged without becoming deterministic.
Piotrek: Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock. Woods so deep, they preserve the earliest archetypes of humanity. A fascinating story, but rather sadder than Ronja…
10. Wildest dreams: a whimsical book shrouded in magic
Piotrek: The world of The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe gives this impressions, at least when see through the eyes of its young, unreliable narrator. A world that combines Christian and Norse mythologies, with totally whimsical elves/fairies…
Ola: What could fit better this category than Neil Gaiman’s retelling of The Norse Mythology? Mythologies are of particular interest to me, and the Norse, Celtic, Slavic and Greek mythologies are my absolute favourites. I’m presently learning more about Maori myths, and they are fascinating!
That’s it, folks! Many people already did this one, so in our turn we’d like to tag Chris at Calmgrove, Aaron at Swords and Spectres, Maddalena at Space and Sorcery, Lashaan at Bookidote, Sarah at Hamlets and Hyperspace, and of course, the one and only Bookstooge – and anyone else willing to take a stab at it! 😀 No pressure, but if you feel like it would be fun, we’d love to read your answers!